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sumatra, it's not going near major population centers. but yeah, if it hit a city, it would be a huge, huge impact. the truth is we have these things fly by us all the time. not this size but the day could come when we could have a visitor. >> what did you say? how long have they been tracking this one for? >> for more than 2 million miles. spotted way off in space out there, and in fact, you will not be able to see it with your naked eye. but if you had a pretty good telescope, you would be able to see a pinpoint of light passing by on february 15th. >> keep it a pinpoint of light, it never needs to get any closer than that. >> astronomer. >> he's just a magician. >> thank you very much. you can always follow what's going on here in "the situation room" on twitter, tweet me @wolfblitzer. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, a monster blizzard slamming the northeast. starting in new york, it's going to be feet, not inches, of snow. plus we're going to go to boston which has been getting pummeled throughout the day. there have been dramatic and draconian actio
force winds and bearing some cities in more than 2 feet of snow. >>> and the manhunt underway in southern california. police say chris dorner is armed and dangerous. first, though, let's keep you updated on the massive blizzard. you have to look at how big this storm really is. check out the image from space, nasa is the one that provides this to us. the storm looks like a hurricane. and it's packing winds like a hurricane, 65 miles per hour or more in some places. that wind when you combine it with heavy snow is knocking out power. this morning, more than 650,000 homes and businesses across nine states now have no electricity and more than half of those are in massachusetts alone. we now know the storm has claimed at least one person's life. police say someone died in a storm-related crash in poughkeepsie, new york, please be careful if you're out traveling. also the storm has caused more than 1,700 flights to be canceled today. and that number is certainly expected to increase. there will be no flights out of boston's logan until at least sunday. it's a similar story at new
providence, right in front of city hall. there has not been a soul in sight in the last four hours that i have been here. that's how abandoned it is. an emergency vehicle drove up to see if we were doing all right here. i spoke to the governor today. i was with the mayor, i was in the emergency command center tonight, chris. their real concern, they said we know we're going to have power outages. the issue is how many. if the snow doesn't get more dry, if it doesn't get colder, frankly, they're expecting many power outages. they say a prolonged storm is what they fear. not only afterwards do they have the plowing issue. they have the snow removal issue. one thing that makes this very different than 1978, the governor told me that technology today is so much better. i saw the gps they have on their plows now. the technology is so much better that they are able to prepare in advance, get those plows exactly where they need to be, get the cars off the roads in advance, that they're not going to have the same issues. you had 26 deaths here in 1978 during that blizzard. and here you go, anothe
lot. in south boston, but the reality is some 600 plows have been out throughout the city all night trying to battle this blizzard. throughout the state, you've got about 4,000 pieces of equipment, the national guard numbering about 5,000, who are on the standby when the teeth of the storm hits. just about an hour or so from now. we blizzard like conditions, if you look up the street, you can barely see up the street. simply because you have this powdery like snow which is blowing all over the place and making things very difficult. i just want to give you an example of how cold it is here. in between live shots, i run to my truck which is being buried in the snow drift, but my photographing stays out so you can get live bumps, live pictures of what is going on. let me show you, hand that to my producer. this is hard. he's like the tin man out here. it's trying to -- thanks, bob, for doing that for us. bob the photographer, who is now literally frozen stiff. >> wow. >> you can see he's still out here shooting, giving us an idea of how cold it gets out here. >> amazing job that all o
the city of providence, the state of rhode island is trying to deal with this morning. that is massive power outages, wet, thick snow falling on trees, on power lines. it means about nearly 200,000 homes here in rhode island are without power. that is what they're dealing with at this hour. some good news, some of those bridges out to places like newport, rhode island, have reopened. they closed late last night because of these sustained 58-mile-per-hour wind gusts we were getting. those have reopened. i-95, that huge interstate through massachusetts, connecticut, rhode island still closed, though. roads here in providence closed a's well since 5:00 eastern right now. illegal to be out driving on them. stay home. even though it looks better, stay home. we had a chance last night to hang out with this guy, let's bring him into the picture, colonel pete gaynor, who heads emergency transportation. snow plows, gps tracking their every move. you were up all night. give us a sense of the situation now here in providence and broader rohode island. where does it stand? >> it's been a long nigh
of newark? >> the conditions are worsening. walked through all five wards of the city and checked on the crews and the conditions on the street. a lot of stranded cars now. a lot of people out that shouldn't be. so it's very perilous out there and people need to understand that. stay indoofrs and hunker down for the night. conditions will be bad throughout the morning tomorrow. this is not time to take this lightly. very dangerous conditions, especially around motor vehicle accidents. and we areal also on alert for possible power outages in newark if the wind starts to pick up. i'm grateful for the hundreds of workers we have out there from law enforcement to folks plowing and salting streets. a lot of work ahead. >> as the sun will begin to rise in a couple of hours is when, as you mentioned, we will get a better chance to see the damage done. hopefully the streets are cleared. first responders can get out and about. what's the biggest challenge, you think, come tomorrow morning? >> i think it is the mess and getting rid of this from our streets. and hopefully people will stay in
providence, rhode island. rare that you see a car going by. almost every business, city hall, everything is closed here, just like in massachusetts, the governor in connecticut also having that 4:00 ban on any cars and i wouldn't be surprised if it happens here very soon as well. i want to take you on our journey getting here. we just arrived here. it took us over five hours to get here from new york city, a trip that really shouldn't take any more than three hours. along the way, very slow going, light traffic. lots of snow plows but also some very serious accidents. we saw a jackknifed tractor-trailer that ran right into the median. we saw a huge semi that just fell off the side of the highway. we took a picture of that for you guys. that was consistent all the way up here. if you head up to maine, i want to show you some pretty dramatic video in maine. a 19-car pileup in maine. bottom line, the governor saying not a time for sightseeing, not a time for playing around. this is very, very serious. in 1978, 27 inches of snow, 26 deaths. they think this storm could be as bad or worse and
on the streets, you see cabs. not so much right now, huh? >> new york city, right? the city that never sleeps. this is a city that is in the middle of a deep slumber. when was the last time you saw the streets practically empty. look at the circle, columbus circle, practically empty. a couple cabs, maybe a snow plow if you're lucky, maybe a city bus. empty. it's like a white christmas today. isn't it? a winter wonderland. it is cold, i'll tell you that, but it's snowing and it's a quiet snow. not much wind going on. so really kind of a calm overhang on this evening in the middle of the night. the snow, though, is continuing to pile up. what i find interesting, though, is i really haven't seen many snow plows go by and the city has promised they were on patrol as of 7:00 tonight. perhaps they're in the boroughs in the neighborhoods making their way through. one interesting difference to this year, though, different from the blizzard that hit here in 2010, the city's kind of learned about it, learned from its mistakes, they have got kind of, brooke, a gps tracker of where the snow plows are. so
new york city. not a hurricane, but we will have hurricane winds with this coming up, brooke. >> i'm coming back to you. we'll talk about the dense northeast, tens of millions of people, many of whom lived through sandy. first, the good news. skiers who planned trips right before the valentine's day weekend here, those folks, you called it right. as we look at these pictures from maine, do keep in mind those winds are going to whip. and before this thing is over, you will have zero visibility, snow blowing sideways, deep, deep drifts, that sort of thing. want to talk about boston. look at this. this is -- you can't see it, it is fenway park. you'll recognize fenway if there wasn't snow and ice on the lens of this camera. snow started there right around 9:30 this morning. and we're hearing boston could break its all time snow record. the all time record set in either 1978 in that deadly winter storm, blamed for dozens of deaths, or more recently in 2003. take your pick. 27 inches each time. boston, right now, is under a snow emergency. no on street parking. schools are closed. publi
covering the major storm from all angles. we'll begin with the city that will get hit first, that is new york. alison kosik, do we understand if they're prepared? lost her. we'll go to susan candiotti in boston, another place the storm is hitting. we know there will be a lot, a lot, a lot of snow. are they ready? >> reporter: to put it bluntly, i think they are, we certainly hope they are. the city hopes bostonians are. certainly they and new englanders are used to huge nor'easters and blizzards like this. 35 years ago, you had the storm of '78, when they had more than 27 inches. this could rival those record amounts. we'll have to see what happens. but as of now, noontime is zero hour. a snow emergency has gone into effect and now people are being told that's it, get off the streets. if your car is there, it's going to ghettet towed. so certainly if take you a look at the store shelf, they are empty. it is clear that people have been fwg out within the last 24, 48 hours since these warnings began. buying all kinds of essential supplies, including nonperishable foods, water, batteries fl
compared to the great blizzard of 1978, if you can believe that. that is when the city is literally shutting down after a monster storm. what are we watching here. shoppers, gas station lines. folks who will be hitting the stores, hitting their neighborhoods trying to hunker down if they can for the weekend. right now it's a bad time to get around. more than 3,000 flights have already been canceled. that is for friday and saturday going into the weekend. we are watching boston as well. there are a lot of requirements, of course, to make sure that people are safe. as well as hospitals, getting around. and so they are requiring that all the vehicles get off the roads by 12:00 noon. we are also watching some real changes in the public transportation system. the public rail stopping at 3:30, we understand, this afternoon. there are already folks getting out there. you can imagine the officials. you can imagine the resources, the technology, the equipment that they are putting out onto the roads. 600 snow removers are out there already in place for this monster storm that is expected all
% of new york city but had more than half the deaths from hurricane sandy, 23 people died here. there are still an estimated 1400 people who are homeless. i was here three months ago because so many homes were damaged. this right here was a home. and you can see it is rubble and it has stayed rubble. this next door was heavy di damaged however they're rebuilt it. the family that rebuilt was hoping to move in but because of the blizzard they had to stop the work. there was so much concern in staten island because of what happened three months ago, just a couple of blocks away from here. a woman had her two children. her car was blown offer the road and she couldn't hold on to them. they found them later, 2 of the 23 that died and there still is to this day but as a matter of fact across the street you see that tent, people aren't living in that tent. it has been put up to provide hot feels for homeless people. when this started there were people who were homeless from sandy having luncheon side that tent. there's a great sense of relief that the blizzard wasn't as bad as it was
of the snow is east of new york city. everywhere you see pink through here, that's a foot of snow or more, and the purple is 20 to 30 inches of snow. that's from portland, maine, to boston, to providence, that's still to come. you already have 6 on the ground. there's plus 20. that's still a good snowfall. albany, you'll see about 6 to 10 more. down toward new york city, it appears you're almost in this dry area where there will be 8 to your north, 4 to your south, but not a lot more to come still in the city compares to what is on long island, over a foot still to come here. and this is the danger zone, just snowing everywhere out here. it's coming down in buckets because at the low comes through here, its closest position is going to be to boston, not new york city. that's why snow is not going to be as heavy in the city as in boston because the low is much closer there. then by tomorrow afternoon, literally, this thing is gone. saturday, 4:00, 5:00, the snow is completely over. only the wind is left. erin. >> what's the bottom line? there have been competing models. someone said the eu
, welcome. we are standing in the middle of providence, rhode island. this is right in front of city hall. and i haven't seen more than two people here in, i guess since about 5:00 eastern last night. i want to show you what's happening at the end of the block because an hour ago we couldn't see the end of the block and now we can. we're seeing it's getting clearer here, we're not seeing those massive wind gusts, things seem to have turned the corner here, but now the big concern is what do you do about all the homes without power? 187,000 and counting. that's the number as of 6:00 a.m. eastern of homes in rhode island without power and the power company national grid facing a very big uphill battle here. that is a very big portion of the population of rhode island. if you look relatively speaking, it's the hardest hit in terms of how many people without power relatively speaking here. why did that happen? all last night it was relatively warm. so the snow was wet and heavy and fell on those power lines, trees knocked them out. i spent last night talking to the governor, the state, the ma
cities in more than two feet of snow. >>> on the west coast, the manhunt underway for a suspected cop killer in southern california. police say christopher dorner is armed and dangerous. >>> then in chicago, there is the memorial for an honors student by the name of hadiya pendleton. she was gunned down there just a week after performing at president obama's inauguration. >>> first, to that blizzard. cnn crews covering the story from about every angle you can imagine. some have been knee deep in the snow. some have actually been in the snow. our coverage spans atlanta to new york to rhode island. and that's where we begin this morning. poppy harlow is in downtown providence where it is a tad chilly. good morning. >> reporter: just a tad chilly. good morning you to, marty. good morning, everyone. thank you for joining us on this saturday morning. what was treacherous here in providence rhode island overnight has turned beautiful. a snowy, white, downtown providence. still pretty bare. a lot of people not yet coming out of their homes. all of the roads in rhode island under the directio
at( beautiful ancient city of luxor a thousand feet below when the gas canister explodeddó sending this balloon plummetikf to the çóearth. ian lee is live for us in cairo. what happened? whatlp caused this? >> reporter: well,i] brooke, wh we're hearingñ now is when theq balloon was starting to come down, descend to land, is when thisi] tragedy struck. one of the valves, we're hearing, opened up, sending a c flame, catching the balloonçó o fire. two peoplexd bailed out when it wasfá just about tenxd feetq of] ground, including the pilot, sending the balloon straight up into the air to about a thousand feet. perspective, theçó empire state building is roughly 1200 feet. so quite a long drop. people killed. the head ofñ)q civil aviation authority is in luxor to investigate this crash. he said the balloon operatori] s operating legally. but thee1xd minister -- sorry,i department of tourismçóxd says co(> ny has had somefá violatio, so the1gñ will be investigating whatçó actually happened, brook >> ian, when.; see this number 19, as far as how many people werexd killed, di
you think the city's response has been so far to the blizzard? >> it's been great. they have given us a lot of notice and the signs on the highways and the emergencies on the internet and other signs across the city. it's been -- they have prepared us well. >> i know you guys also stocked up on supplies. earlier, some of the supermarkets in the city were running out of milk, running out of bread. i think you have plenty of other types of supplies to keep you busy. >> we might have other supplies to keep us busy, but we are also, you know, do have supplies and water and things like that. but you know, we are trying to realize that we will be here for the weekend and trying to make sure we have everything that will keep us sustainable through that time period. >> they were telling me earlier, anderson, they hadn't seen snow like this in a few years? >> long time. >> a few years, gut obviously, we still have a lot more to go before the night is over. >> jason, we'll be checking with you. we'll be on the air for two hours and more coverage after that, so all night long. a short drive down
knicks basketball team, they had been scheduled to fly back home, back to new york city after tonight's game in minneapolis. they are stuck in minnesota tonight because of this blizzard. it is dumped already several inches of snow on the city. there is much more to come here before in the overnight hours. i want to go to ellison's standing out there in manhattan. it looks a little calmer. it looks nice. >> reporter: you are looking at an impromptu snowball fight. started out with about ten people. the bars are getting out and everyone is rushing down the street running through it. the plows broken up and the fire department broke it up and they were serenaded with snowballs as well. having a lot of fun as best they can. >> serenaded by snowballs. i see a car and i know you have been driving around. we were talking earlier, with the governor, deval parick, in forcing a travel ban. you could not be on the roads after 4:00. what is the deal? why am i seeing cars? >> there are basically a few cars here and there but they are usually following emergency vehicle plows or people with plows o
, connecticut. winds are slamming cities including providence, rhode island, and boston. we'll take you live across the region ahead. >>> she is the newest face in the war on gun violence. today, n chicago, a 15-year-old hadiya pendleton will be buried. among her mourners, first lady michelle obama. pendleton was shot in the back and killed just days after she marched in the president's inaugural parade. >>> in los angeles, police are suddenly the targets of a man who used to wear the uniform. billboards are up as law enforcement agencies in three states hunt a former l.a. cop that's accused of killing an officer and threatening others. he says that he wants revenge on those who cost him his job. >>> police at the grammys will be on guard for their own safety since dorner's threats, but the show will go on. and a new name and suddenly a grammy favorite, singer frank ocean, had has surfaced. he has racked up six nominations including new artist of the year and album of the year. >>> the blizzard is still dumping snow across the northeast. some areas of connecticut are seeing as much as three
see some of our equipment, as well. this is downtown providence in front of city hall that is actually still complete lly desolate. the power outages, not only in providence, but the entire state, nearly 200,000 homes without power, but 20% of the population of the entire state that has been hit, no power, no heat, major concern. no reading yet from the power company on how long it's going to take to get those power lines back up. what happened here is that wet, thick snow that we had all night because the temperatures are a bit warmer, that weighed on the power lines, trees that fell on power lines and this is the problem. staying off the roads because they need to be cleared so that the power company can get to where they need to address the issue. but overall here in providence, things are looking up, in rhode island, they have opened up some of those big bridges out to newport closed overnight because of that gusting wind. so things are getting progressively better here by the hour. let's go to mary snow, she's in staten island where things are subsided a lot in the past few hours,
from now, this will likely be covered with snow. as for what new york city is preparing for? preparing for a lot of snow. hundreds of salt trucks up at the ready and plows ready, also trains, extra trains running during rush hour to get people home, right when the storm is supposed to hit. at its finest, soledad. >> alison kosik, thank you, allison. >>> let's head to where the latest on where the storm is headed. jennifer delgado at the cnn weather center in atlanta. give us a sense of where it begins and where it ends over the time frame? >> two different systems. one right off the coast in the mid-atlantic. really getting energized. this is the system that is moving up the northeast and this is what's combining with the system in the great lakes. right now, we're dealing with rain out there for most areas. again, still seeing a little bit of wintry precipitation moving through parts of northern weigh, washington, d.c. area. we saw allison's live shot out of new york city with a little wet snow. snow not going to pick up until later in the afternoon for new york city. 4:00, 5:00. but
to a pipe in his basement. kansas city police responsing to a chip from the missouri children's hotline found a 17-year-old boy locked up, appearing frail and hungry. the special needs teen told police he had been locked down there by his parents since september. according to a neighbor, the mother had been telling people that the boy had been out of town. after witnessing prior abuse, neighbors expected something was wrong. >> there were a couple times i came over here after school and he was sleeping on her front porch because they wouldn't let him in the house. it was sad. we cried a lot yesterday. >> three adults are in custody. the boy is in the care of the state now. >>> the boy scouts organization says it needs more time on whether to lift its ban on day troop and scout leaders. they were expected to vote on that proposal yesterday to allow local scout groups to make their own policies, but a decision was put off until the annual meeting in may. the scouts said it was due to the complexity of the issue. >> that will only ramp up the controversy surrounding the issue. >>> a baseba
are digging out today. connecticut, not boston, as predicted, was hit hardest with some cities getting more than 3 feet of snow. 65,000 customers across the region, they are without power. we're live in the storm zone and have a report straight ahead. >>> in chicago, first lady michelle obama is attending the funeral of a 15-year-old honor student and band majorette who was killed about a mile from the obamas' family home. hadiya pendleton was shot and killed while she and friends were trying to escape rain by seeking shelter in a children's park. the shooting happened just days after the teenager who always had a smile performed at the president's inauguration. a $40,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest. >>> he's considered armed and very violent. in los angeles, police are heading back up to into the air using helicopters to find the ex-cop they accuse of killing three people already. one of them is a police officer who dorner allegedly ambushed. billboards are up all over the place showing christopher dorner's face. he says that he wants revenge on those who unfairl
. and looking at these cars here in this neighborhood, and throughout the city, you can see how easy that could happen. unfortunately, the young boy became overcome by carbon monoxide. they brought him outside of the car. the young boy was unresponsive. neighbors and paramedics tried to revive the boy. he went into cardiac arrest. and unfortunately a short time later, once he got to hospital, he was pronounced dead. incredibly tragic story and also a reminder, even though the storm has passed, there are still potentially dangerous situations that still remain behind the storm. and, in fact, i reached out to the mayor's office just about an hour and a half ago. the mayor's office releasing a statement saying, in part, the news of this tragic accident is a sad reminder that the danger of the storm is not over. our hearts go out to the family and their friends who are learning of this tremendously sad accident. and the mayor's office also putting out reminders, reminding people as they're coming out like you see in this neighborhood here, to clear out their cars. a lot of people willing to come ou
cabs. >> there are normally so many cabs. >> this is new york city, friday night. there's no one out. it's desolate, a ghost town. people are staying in tonight excep for the snow plow coming our way. i'm going to step out of the way, ken, so you don't get run over. it's like a ghost town. it is kind of eerie. it's also kind of nice. it's a winter wonderland. and how often do you have new york where it's so quiet except for the snow plow going by, you could almost hear a pin drop. >> good to see he's keeping the sidewalks there at time warner center clean. thank you. we'll come back to you. i want to bring in chad myers here as we sit in the weather center. briefly, let's just get a recap on what happened, long island expressway. people trapped. what more do you know? >> if you look at the map behind me, up to new york has 22 inches of snow. this is suffolk county. you talk about islip and all the way to montauk. we knew this area was getting pounded by snow. that's where the slow-down, we know cars were stopped on the freeway, and even the fire department couldn't get them because t
battery fires on dreamliner. >>> to a disturbing story out of kansas city, missouri, a teenager is removed from his home after being found hand cuffed in the base. . he told police he'd been hand cuffed since september. now the teen's father, brother and older stepmother are being questioned. casey wian is live. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this is where it happened in this home right behind me. you can see there's a small window there nearly at ground level and that's where police say that 17-year-old boy was handcuffed to a steel support pole, basically handcuffed nearly around the clock since september. the boy told police according to the police report that he was let off of his handcuffs about three times a day for meals and to go to the bathroom. other than that, he was chained inside that basement four months. the father pulled him out of school back in september. police say that the boy appeared very, very fragile, very, very malnourished, his cheeks were sucked in, and they said that he had sort of a desperate, vacant look in his eyes. when police went downstairs into that ba
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